Jump to content
TheClark

Have You Heard? Inexpensive Fix For Blue Cell Phone Pics

Recommended Posts

Guessing many of you have, but just in case I wanted to share...

 

There are these inexpensive tinted plastic 'gel filters' you can place over a lense.

 

Example pic without filter

13bafaa634598d38981a0eabdcae7d5e.jpg

With filter

d513b20e4b09d600cc0185a0e0128fde.jpg

 

 

with filter pic is much closer to accurate.  Its a quick and dirty helper for cell phone pics every reef keeper with a phone should have one   :agree:

 

I ordered mine here for 3.49, there are many places to pick them up since these are no longer in stock

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00P8DVX9G/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Edited by theclark
  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mine are just cut into about 2" squares.  Just hold them over the lens and shoot away!

Edited by theclark

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here's a shot of your awesome aquamans Robert with and without the filter (thanks again!)

 

f18a81326b55c18a56a07a637d31471c.jpg

 

3143e7e97b6602dc2e9a9eb7242aa86c.jpg

Edited by theclark
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Looks like he still has them for sale.  They are 3.49, but 4.49 to ship.  You have to click 'from these sellers', here is the link

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00P8DVX9G/ref=dp_olp_0?ie=UTF8&condition=all

 

Still, 8 bucks to make that big of a difference, it is a decent investment!  I think they come in other formats too, just sharing my low cost option here...

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When you take a pic from your phone don't you have an edit option that allows you to adjust the RGB-

 

Nice add on for those who don't but you'd be surprised how many people if asked that question that didn't realize their phone had ability

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

$8 is actually quite expensive for that. For $8 you can buy a sheet that is 20x24" local. Maybe I should pick one up before the next meeting. 

 

It is just a Roscoe CTO gel. 

 

Depending on your phone, there are apps that allow white balancing and color manipulation as well. I understand my CC Adobe subscription now comes with Lightroom for the iPhone, but I haven't had a chance to play/download it yet. Been to busy. 

 

Edit: ON second glance I did not realize you got 8 different colors for $8. I'm not sure why you would need 8 colors though, 1 color should work IME. 

 

(wow so much time to edit, it's amazing all the extra time I have)

Edited by pledosophy
Add info

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Did you hear the 2 minute buzzer for the edit LOL

 

It won't be your headache much longer ;)

 

I just picked up Lightroom -nice segway

 

EDIT:Hope the software doesn't allow the edit feature as someone mentioned

Edited by reefnjunkie
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been using this before with my iphone! The only color that works is the light orange gel called "light amber"

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

EDIT:Hope the software doesn't allow the edit feature as someone mentioned

Not sure where you thought you read that. Read the whole post maybe?

 

The Edit option exsists, but was voted by a Unanimous vote by those who participated to keep it limited to it's current time frame. 

 

Your right it won't be my headache very much longer at all. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No white balance editing in camera and iPhone as ridiculous as that sounds

I have an iPhone, and there are some camera apps that have some better features, including white balancing. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cool!  I need to hit the app store.  Had one for a while and they discontinued it.  

 

Although I will say this thing stuff did a bang up job and I am guessing it should last forever if I can keep it clean.  Great idea to bring some to the next meeting and hand it out.  I am using an amber colored one FWIW.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There are several shades of Amber, you are likely using the "CTO" version, it seems to be the most popular. Some people also use a sheet for a neutral density filter between their LED's and the tank to not get that blue dot look that LED photos can give sometimes. 

 

Those gels do get bent up which makes them harder to shoot through. I think ideally getting them pressed onto acrylic or something like that would keep them more durable. 

 

The large sheets of gels are sold all around town. Usually 6-8 bucks IIRC. 

 

The phone app I use is the SmugMug Pro app but I think you have to have the Pro Smugmug account to download that and it's a bit pricey for most ($35 a month), but I use the account for business so, the app was an extra to me. If you really want to look into it I would suggest reading some things by Kalebra Kelby as she seems to be the current iPhone queen for pics. Also the Omni clips can be quite helpful, as is the magnifying app for macro shots. 

 

HTH

 

Here is a link http://www.shotwithmytrustyiphone.com/

Edited by pledosophy

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here's a shot of your awesome aquamans Robert with and without the filter (thanks again!)

 

 No prob man, they look like they are growing for you rather well. Gotta love those Juicy pastel blue polyps. Filter works great though, I can't wait to have some to mess with.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I just ordered a set from Ebay, $6.50 w/free shipping! 

 

That's a great deal!  Hope it makes a difference for ya, I keep mine on a shelf by the tank for quick shots.  Fingerprints can be an issue I suppose, just hold them on the edges.  Looking forward to pics!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What kind of phone are you using? I don't really get blue pics....they come out looking pretty much exactly like they do in my tank. If not I would just use a free editing app to resolve. Still a nice find for those who can't fix otherwise.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hmmm. That Elegance looks remarkably similar to my old elegance! It looks great! (With or without the lens)

Yep she is a beauty and doing great! Where are you at these days?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What kind of phone are you using? I don't really get blue pics....they come out looking pretty much exactly like they do in my tank. If not I would just use a free editing app to resolve. Still a nice find for those who can't fix otherwise.

iPhone 6 plus, terrible under leds

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×